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Initial post: 15 Dec 2010 12:53:16 GMT
Byrony says:
I intend on spending a lot of time on the couch so would love some ideas!

Posted on 15 Dec 2010 22:30:57 GMT
M. Dowden says:
Byrony I know I will be watching Scrooge, starring Albert Finney. That is on dvd but I haven't looked at what is on offer on the tv, also as I am getting some dvds as presents I will also be watching them.

Posted on 15 Dec 2010 23:35:04 GMT
DarrenHF says:
The new version of Whistle and I'll Come To You with John Hurt and Lesley Sharp. There is nothing more Christmassy than a good scary ghost story.

Darren

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2010 00:31:37 GMT
If you're spending time on the couch, then there's nothing better than In Treatment Season 1 (HBO) [DVD] [2008] :)

Posted on 16 Dec 2010 12:28:59 GMT
M. Dowden says:
Darren I saw that advertised last night. I wonder if it will be as good as the original story as it has been modernised. I will give it a go anyway. : )

Posted on 16 Dec 2010 15:37:48 GMT
Natasha S says:
I am going to check out Upstairs Downstairs the 3 part new version.

It starts on Boxing Day!

Posted on 16 Dec 2010 21:36:41 GMT
Collette says:
I'm looking forward to Murder On The Orient Express (Christmas Day ITV1 9pm) and the Christmas specials of Benidorm (Boxing Day ITV1 9pm) and Rock And Chips (Wednesday 29th?).

Posted on 17 Dec 2010 17:16:24 GMT
M. Dowden says:
I can vaguely remember seeing some of the episodes of Upstairs Downstairs when I was a child, and can't wait to see what this will be like, especially as it has Keeley Hawes in it. As for Benidorm I read tat Tim Healy is in this again, and he will be dressed as Ms Christmas.

Posted on 17 Dec 2010 18:52:28 GMT
Telly Savalas introduces Birmingham on sky arts over 24-28 december - must see, appointment TV.

Posted on 26 Dec 2010 15:42:59 GMT
J D says:
As I don't live in the UK I will be limited to DVD's, or Sky News! my son made it out of Gatwick ( thankfully) and bought Downton Abbey for me as a Christmas present also Pillars of the Earth for my husband...... Bliss!!!

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 19:34:36 GMT
Geffers says:
Any ideas for 2012.

Posted on 17 Nov 2012 12:07:20 GMT
Certain films used to be a part of every American holiday:
For Christmas, they're HOLIDAY INN or WHITE CHRISTMAS; IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE; and the Charlie Brown specials.
I'd also suggest MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS which follows a turn-of-the-century (19th/20th) family through the course of a year. A masterpiece. Mary Martin's PETER PAN and THE WIZARD OF OZ were usually Thanksgiving treats, but could be seen an enjoyed throughout the holiday period.
I'd totally recommend KIRI TE KANAWA'S COVENTRY CHRISTMAS dvd--it's ravishing, as is the Leontyne Price special from Montreal and those of Chanticleer and Tallis Scholars .
Another masterpiece (for the period from Boxing Day to New Years) would be Kieslowski's DEKALOG (Decalogue)--a thinking person's holiday fare (all paired and set in the same apartment complex in Poland during Christmas week)--They're not for those looking for Ho-Ho-Hos and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, however, but thought-provoking and masterfully-well made. They should be seen in pairs (1 and 2, for example) so that the "intertextual relationship" between the parts can be seen and appreciated.
And, when you're sick of all the false merriment and forced good will at office parties, the Pee-Wee Herman and Ren and Stimpy Christmas Specials are deeply gratifying if anti-social (well, Ren and Stimpy anyway). Pee Wee and the Marines with Charro, Frankie and Annette, Grace Jones and some other fruitcakes...charming! They'll think you've "lost your marbles", too. Put it on a double-bill with John Waters' FEMALE TROUBLE and you're certain to be "disinherited" ("Not on Christmas, Dawn--not on Christmas!").
Here's another from "left field": BROKEN SAINTS, the Canadian animated masterpiece--really good and timely, too.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 10:04:01 GMT
if you like 30's Hollywood detective fiction then get the box set of 'the thin man' great festive fun, forget about the plot just enjoy the dialogue.

Posted on 20 Nov 2012 14:21:03 GMT
Arosfa says:
If you like a good old ghost story over Christmas, and who doesn't? Try 'The Signalman' with the late Denholm Elliot shown originally on BBC. A real old fashioned tale to be watched with the lights out and christmas pies and a stiff drink. No CGI just a good tale well told and acted almost single handedly.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 15:18:18 GMT
Geffers says:
Well remembered ,The Signalman creates a terrific spooky atmosphere ,thanks everyone for all the other suggestions
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Posted on 20 Nov 2012 19:02:50 GMT
C. Yule says:
Just watch It's a Wonderful Life. That's the best piece of viewing I can recommend for xmas

Posted on 24 Dec 2012 12:21:48 GMT
Tikka says:
Christmas Day - Casablanca - More 4
Boxing Day - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Channel 4
and a couple of Hitchcocks:
Thursday - The Birds - ITV3
Friday - '39 Steps' with Robert Donat - BBC2

Being too tight to pay Murdoch / Netflix and pickings are slim this year on the free channels.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2012 16:17:37 GMT
Geffers says:
Thanks for that list .my other half has read the Dragon trilogy so expect she will watch that one and the Birds haven't watched that for years so that will be worth a punt..Merry Christmas to all,, Geoff .
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